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[Discussion] Do we really need an antivirus app on android? Attention required.

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By XDguru, Senior Member on 12th March 2013, 03:20 AM
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Hey guys it's quite confusing for me. That do we really need an antivirus on android?

Please submit ur reviews.
If yes,why and which app you suggest.
If no..plese let us know why?

Devs and seniors are mostly welcome and requested..as ur the ones we trust on XDA.
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12th March 2013, 03:25 AM |#2  
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Hey guys it's quite confusing for me. That do we really need an antivirus on android?

Please submit ur reviews.
If yes,why and which app you suggest.
If no..plese let us know why?

Devs and seniors are mostly welcome and requested..as ur the ones we trust on XDA.


I have never used or needed one. As long as your careful then your fine.
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12th March 2013, 03:26 AM |#3  
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Re: Do we really need an antivirus app on android? Attention required.
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Hey guys it's quite confusing for me. That do we really need an antivirus on android?

Please submit ur reviews.
If yes,why and which app you suggest.
If no..plese let us know why?

Devs and seniors are mostly welcome and requested..as ur the ones we trust on XDA.

Just don't download garbage blindly and u should be fine

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12th March 2013, 11:01 AM |#4  
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Originally Posted by XDguru

Hey guys it's quite confusing for me. That do we really need an antivirus on android?

Please submit ur reviews.
If yes,why and which app you suggest.
If no..plese let us know why?

Devs and seniors are mostly welcome and requested..as ur the ones we trust on XDA.


I don't see it as necessary, but I do use avast! Free Mobile Security for it's anti-theft part. There are other apps that offer the same.
A german security company ran a test of some anti-virus apps, There were 172 possible hits and 10 real time hits and the results were depressing:

Antivirus Free fra Creative Apps – 0/172, 0/10
GuardX Antivirus fra QStar – 0/172, 0/10
LabMSF Antivirus beta fra LabMSF – 0/172, 0/10
Privateer Lite fra Privateer Labs – 0/172, 1/10
Bluepoint antivirus Free fra BluePoint Security – 2/172, 1/10
Kinetoo Malware Scan av CPU Media SARL – 11/172, 1/10
Zoner AntiVirus Free av ZONER – 55/172, 8/10

Mind you this was a while back and Avast, AVG and other of the larger ones was not included.
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never need it , beside it drains battery
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In my experience antivirus apps are just here to scare windows users into giving a company more money.

Sure some of them to have nice anti theft features however there are also plenty of very good (free) apps that do this like prey.

Just do not download random apk's from the internet and blindly install them and you will be fine
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12th March 2013, 12:34 PM |#7  
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Waste of money.... When i got my first device i spent 5€ for antivarious... After some days i found out that the only thing it was doing, was to blockmy carrier`s messagges.. Nothing else

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Antdroid antivirus programs are mostly used for

1)Anti-Theft uses

2)To know any issues with settings in the phone (Faulty or unchecked settings)

3)To know which apps are using network, wifi, GPS etc through privacy advisers

4)Will block malicious websites that are suspicious.

5)Provides call/sms blockers.

6)I have seen some virus attacks for few of my friends on their android mobiles even though they had an antivirus app on them. So I don't know why it happened.

So instead of backing off from single drawback use it for several other uses it provides! (My choice Avast! For Rooted phones, it will work best)
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i think it just drain battery faster and use a lot of ram..
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12th March 2013, 05:25 PM |#10  
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Re: Do we really need an antivirus app on android? Attention required.
Used to stick with avast before. ( but it makes the device hell lotta Laggy when any app is installed trying to scan the crap out of it for no good ).
But it's useful with the firewall feature.
As long as its from playstore, you won't need any anti viruses .
In 4.2 i see that Google has included something that they call "verify apps" and that's supposed to check if the app is harmful or not.
And again, download stuff from trusted websites only.

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